Form the Green Helmet And Other Poems

William Butler Yeats 1865 (Sandymount) – 1939 (Menton)



HIS DREAM
I SWAYED upon the gaudy stem
The butt-end of a steering-oar,
And saw wherever I could turn
A crowd upon a shore.
And though I would have hushed the crowd,
There was no mother's son but said,
'What is the figure in a shroud
Upon a gaudy bed?'
And after running at the brim
Cried out upon that thing beneath
 -- It had such dignity of limb --
By the sweet name of Death.
Though I'd my finger on my lip,
What could I but take up the song?
And running crowd and gaudy ship
Cried out the whole night long,
Crying amid the glittering sea,
Naming it with ecstatic breath,
Because it had such dignity,
By the sweet name of Death.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme abcdcefefghgIjkjklilI
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 619
Words 127
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 21

William Butler Yeats

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